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Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies aged 84
Larry Kramer has died aged 84.
The author and prominent LGBTQ+ rights activist died on Wednesday (27 May) morning in Manhattan, the New York Times has reported. His husband David Webster said pneumonia was the cause.
As well as receiving acclaim for his writing, including the autobiographical 1985 play The Normal Heart, Kramer spent much of his life campaigning for equality and awareness around the AIDS epidemic.
In 1982 he founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis to assist people living with HIV, and in 1987 helped launch ACT UP, a group that used headline-grabbing tactics to bring attention to AIDS and demand faster research for treatment.
Coronavirus causing a humanitarian crisis for LGBT+ people around the world
LGBT+ people around the world are facing a humanitarian crisis. And COVID-19 risks decimating the organizations they rely on for support.
UK-based international LGBT+ charity, the Kaleidoscope Trust, conducted research in 37 countries in the Commonwealth – nations that were previously part of the British Empire.
By speaking to 34 LGBT+ charities working in those countries, it found that 85% were worried about their service users’ wellbeing.
And many organizations may not survive. Almost half have no cash reserves. Moreover, most are worried about losing existing or future income.
Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is executive director of Kaleidoscope Trust.
She says: ‘We are witnessing an emerging humanitarian crisis for LGBTI+ people as government responses to Covid-19 leave vulnerable LGBTI+ communities at grave risk.’
‘Poverty will make our already bad situation worse’
The 1975 singer Matt Healy felt ‘pretty irresponsible’ after kissing a male fan in draconian Dubai
The singer made news in August last year while performing in the United Arab Emirates, where he flouted local anti-LGBT+ laws by kissing a male fan and appearing in front of a giant Pride flag.
While some praised the gesture, the singer also faced criticism from some local LGBT+ activists who warned that he had put the fan at risk with the gesture.
Human Rights Campaign lays off staff after fundraising drops due to coronavirus pandemic
The LGBTQ advocacy organization Human Rights Campaign (HRC) just laid off over 20 employees as they face a drastic drop in fundraising because of coronavirus lockdowns and the ensuing economic collapse. The group currently employs approximately 200 people and says they do not expect further cuts.
The organization’s executive and senior leadership took pay cuts to help steady the group’s finances. HRC is heavily dependent on in-person fundraising events like dinners and receptions, which have been canceled as the pandemic rages.
The Washington Blade reports that HRC will turn three full-time positions into part-time and will not fill two dozen positions currently open. The group will also pause its fellowship program.
Michelle Visage Loves Pop Divas, Well Except This One
Self-described "Anglophile" Michelle Visage sat down with British LGBTQ+ publication Gay Times and was as prim and polite as you'd expect. Eh, we're just taking the piss — she was Jersey as hell!
The RuPaul's Drag Race judge was promoting her numerous projects, from RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. to its two spin-off BBC shows — the advice/makeover series Get Off Your Ass and the COVID-inspired How's Your Head, Hun? — and the planned Werq the World Tour, which may or may not happen thanks to Ms. Rona.
Visage also spent a good portion of the interview gushing over another ambitious woman and listing her as her first choice for dream celebrity guest.
The last Chick-fil-A in the UK just closed for good
The last Chick-fil-A restaurant in the U.K. definitively closed its doors this past month.
Last year, a Chick-fil-A restaurant opened at the Oracle shopping center in Reading, England. This led to protests in October because of the fast food chain’s years of donations to anti-LGBTQ causes.
Because of the protests, Oracle said that it would not renew Chick-fil-A’s lease after its initial six-month period was up. On March 20, the restaurant closed for good.
'Go the fuck home!': Woman repeatedly screams bloody murder, drops f-bombs on anti-abortion street preacher in Seattle 'Gayborhood'
It used to be that abortion-hungry types were intimidated by sign-carrying anti-abortion activists — but those days are long gone. In fact, the opposite now appears to be true.
As we've seen repeatedly over recent years, those who go public on a pro-life stance have opened themselves to far more vitriol and indeed physical harm than those espousing sociopolitically popular pro-choice beliefs.
Anti-abortion activist Matthew Wiersema was on a street corner in Seattle recently preaching the gospel and reminding passersby that abortion is murder, Pulpit & Pen reported.
Well, a woman suddenly appeared with Wiersema on the corner and began cursing at him and repeatedly screaming at him — and he recorded most of the jaw-dropping interaction and posted it to YouTube Wednesday.
"I could hear you from where I live, and I'm fucking tired of it," the woman told Wiersema, adding that "you're fucking too loud."
When Wiersema said he was trying to save people from hell and babies from being aborted, the woman unleashed a loud, lengthy, high-pitched scream at him.
"Did that feel good?" she asked him afterward. "Because that's what I hear every time I hear you talking."
When Wiersema tried to answer, she screamed again, adding that "there's a stay-at-home order that you are literally not following" and "go the fuck home, you asshole!"
Judges block 3 states from enforcing abortion bans pegged to pandemic
Twitter hands homophobes in Africa a win as it censors vital LGBT+ account
LGBT+ advocates in Ghana, west Africa, are urging Twitter to reinstate their account after the social media giant suspended it.
Twitter suspended the @lgbtrightsghana account without warning on 26 February. The account has now been unavailable for two weeks.
And LGBT+ Rights Ghana, which runs the account, says Twitter may have fallen for the tactics of anti-LGBT+ campaigners in the country.
Alex Donkor of LGBT+ Rights Ghana told GSN they do not know why Twitter suspended their account.
But he says their last post called out a Ghanaian media company as having been ‘homophobic for the past 25 years’.
He added: ‘Most of the media houses in Ghana are homophobic or bias towards the LGBTQ community.
‘The either spread homophobia themselves or offer their platform to homophobic politicians, public figures, religious and opinion leaders to spew hate and incite violence towards the community.
‘Since we do not have their platforms, we use Twitter and other social media platforms to call out these people. We also let the international community know what these people are doing.
‘So we have been unable to do our work for these past two weeks. Meanwhile homophobic rants and hate speeches and the calls to kill homosexuals in Ghana by some politicians, religious and opinion leaders have increased.’
Charles Barkley: I’m Never Going To Let Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Happen On My Watch
Charles Barkley reflected on his passion for LGBTQ advocacy this week, vowing never “to sit back and let discrimination happen on my watch.”
Appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday, the basketball legend recalled the time he convinced the NBA to move its 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte in response to North Carolina’s passage of House Bill 2.
“I think anytime you’re Black, you’ve got to stand up for other people,” he said. “Black people know what discrimination is like. If you’re in a position of power, you’ve got to always stand up against discrimination. I’ve been blessed.”
Missouri Police Officer Told to 'Tone Down' Gayness Settles Discrimination Lawsuit for $10 Million
St. Louis County has agreed to a $10.25 million settlement with a gay police lieutenant who says he was passed over for promotion 23 times and was told to “tone down” his “gayness.”
The agreement with Keith Wildhaber was finalized Monday, hours after St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar announced he is retiring, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Although jurors awarded Wildhaber nearly $20 million in October, each side had reason to negotiate because Wildhaber could keep a larger share of the award by settling.
‘Change Has Come’: Virginia Will Be 1st Southern State to Ban LGBT Discrimination
Virginia is set to become the first Southern state to ban LGBT discrimination, after both the House and Senate approved the Virginia Values Act on Thursday.
The Washington Post reports: A sweeping LGBT-rights bill banning discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations sailed out of the Virginia Senate on a bipartisan vote Thursday. … The bill also would for the first time apply Virginia’s civil rights protections to public accommodations like restaurants and stores — not just for the LGBT community but also for racial minorities, women and religious groups. The House of Delegates was poised to approve an identical bill later Thursday. The Senate and House bills have to cross over to the opposite chamber and win passage again before Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who requested the legislation, can sign them into law. But those steps were regarded as mere technicalities by advocates cheering what they regard as landmark human rights legislation.
Chick-fil-A's Last U.K. Location Shutters After Months-Long Protest
The last Chick-fil-A in the United Kingdom has flown the coop.
The restaurant, located in a Macdonald Hotels property in the Scottish Highlands, was controversial from its launch in October due to the fast-food chain's history of donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations.
Due to this problematic history, Scott Cuthbertson, an LGBTQ activist, had launched a petition calling for its closure, which quickly accrued 1,000 signatures.
Additionally, Patrick Harvie, the first out bisexual member of Scottish Parliament, called on a boycott of the restaurant among his fellow politicians, who often stay at the luxury Macdonald Aviemore Resort.
Indiana School Board Member Says 'Cry Me a River' Over Trans Suicides
Activists in Evansville, Ind., caught a school board member on video appearing to dismiss their concerns about safety for LGBTQ kids.
This week, ten members of the Tri-State Alliance — a social service and educational organization serving LGBTQ communities in southeastern Illinois, southwestern Indiana, and western Kentucky — attended a board meeting of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation to ask for greater protections for queer students.
After the meeting, the activists confronted school board members, according to posts on the group’s Facebook page.
The Tri-State Alliance says board member Ann Ennis claimed there was no support on the board for addressing suicide concerns among trans students.
On a video posted to the group’s Facebook page, Tri-State Alliance President Wally Paynter can be heard calling Ennis transphobic.
Trans Woman Sues Pharmacy for Revealing Her HIV Status
Utah school fires substitute teacher who told 5th-graders 'homosexuality is wrong'
Texas Gov. Celebrates Signing Antigay Legislation With Chick-fil-A
Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed what was dubbed the essentially anti-LGBTQ "Save Chick-fil-A" bill into law. If it weren’t enough that Abbott signed the bill over a month ago, late last week he thumbed his nose at LGBTQ people even more and participated in a TV ceremony celebrating the bill’s signing while he and his team were surrounded by Chick-fil-A food and beverages. He then tweeted the moment out to his supporters.
“No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization,” Abbott said.
“No business should lose a government contract because of their religious beliefs. The save Chick-fil-A legislation that I’m about to sign is a victory for religious freedom in Texas.”
Dominican man launches legal case against country’s anti-gay laws
Man who threatened to kill kids & gays at San Diego Pride is also a repeat bank robber
Woman pushes anti-gay priest off stage in front of 50,000 Catholic congregants
A woman in Brazil is going viral after violently pushing an anti-gay priest off the stage in front of his Catholic congregation in Cachoeira Paulista, São Paulo.
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Around 3 pm on Sunday, 14 July, a woman made it past security and pushed Father Marcelo Rossi off stage, mid-mass, at the headquarters of Canção Nova.
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